Engineering international partnerships

Canada Research Chair in Hybrid Wood Structures Engineering Dr. Thomas Tannert (front, right) signs an agreement with Faculty of Engineering at the University Santiago de Chile. The two institutions pledge to work together in research and teaching. UNBC photo
Canada Research Chair in Hybrid Wood Structures Engineering Dr. Thomas Tannert (front, right) signs an agreement with Faculty of Engineering at the University Santiago de Chile. The two institutions pledge to work together in research and teaching. UNBC photo

As a leader in wood engineering innovation, researchers at the University of Northern British Columbia are developing sustainable solutions that have the potential to revolutionize the construction industry in Canada and around the world.

To further international collaboration, UNBC and the Faculty of Engineering at the University Santiago de Chile recently signed an agreement pledging to co-operate in research and teaching on topics related to wood engineering and wood-frame construction technologies. The partnership commits both institutions to investigate opportunities for joint research activities and explore the possibility of reciprocal visits by students and faculty members.

“It is essential for UNBC researchers to collaborate with colleagues around the world in order to share knowledge, cultivate partnerships and explore new ideas,” says UNBC Vice-President Research and Graduate Programs Dr. Geoff Payne. “By working with researchers in Chile, our students and faculty members can learn from Chile’s experience and identify new applications for UNBC research findings.”

The agreement was formalized earlier this month and the two institutions are already working together.

“Through this partnership we are exploring how cross-laminated timber can be incorporated into the Chilean design standard,” says Canada Research Chair in Hybrid Wood Structures Engineering Dr. Thomas Tannert. “The introduction of cross-laminated timber in Chile will allow for more sustainable mid-rise housing options and strengthen local forestry and construction sectors.” 

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